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Showers and Sunshine around Padstow   14 comments

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Day two of our weekend away in Devon and Cornwall and time to swap high moors for coastal cliffs and beaches. More showers were in the air so it looked like one of those days when waterproofs would be regularly on and off. We planned to repeat a circuit we’d done a few years back when staying in Trevone, cutting across the peninsula and back to Padstow around Stepper Point. The walk across the fields was actually quite pleasant. No muddy corners or overgrown stiles. The first stretch was through a waving field of young wheat or barley

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As we caught first sight of the coast we were hit by the first soaking downpour. Only lasted a few minutes but enough to dampen the spirits a little

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Just as quickly the sun came out, spirits and waterproofs were dried out as we walked down to the sea at Trevone Beach

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Walking out to the headland, we were soaked again!

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This was a short sharp shower and luckily for us the last one of the day. The flowers in the coastal meadow are always a delight in the SW

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We circled Trevone Round Hole, one of several sea caves with a collapsed roof in the area

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The coastline along this stretch is dramatic and the path twists and turns around the small headlands, revealing numerous caves and sea arches. This is Porthmissen Bridge

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This dramatic feature near Gunver Head doesn’t seem to have a name on the map although the parcel split off from the cliffs does, Middle Merope Island

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From there to Stepper Point and its abandoned lighthouse its a less dramatic but glorious walk across wild flower be-decked meadows along grassy paths. In the warming sunshine its was marvellous

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From the headland you get grand views across to Polzeath and back inland along the Camel estuary towards Padstow (hidden from sight)

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The wild flowers in the hedgerows along the path prompted me to take a photo

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We took to the beach at Harbour Cove to walk back towards Padstow.

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The sun came out in full effect and with the gentle clear waters in the sheltered estuary and the pale sand it felt almost tropical

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Without shades, the light was blindingly bright but the scene was a happy one of people strolling and enjoying the simple pleasures of playing with various dogs and kids. I enjoyed this stretch immensely

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Sadly the beach finishes among the rocks and you are forced to rejoin the crowds as you head back into Padstow. It was as busy as always but in a nice way. We enjoyed a pasty from the Chough bakery (the best in Cornwall that I’ve tried) serenaded by a half decent busker

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A pretty decent 8 miles for half a day but that day wasn’t yet over

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Time for some water based fun for TBF at least. Treyarnon Bay is one of our favourites and we headed back again. One of the reasons for visiting Cornwall for my Birthday is for me to catch some waves. Bad news was that my car was in for repairs and I had no way to carry my kayak on the roof of the loan car they gave me. I also had a bad cold and didn’t think splashing about in cold water was a good idea. Last time I was dumb enough to do that I got a nasty sinus infection that I wasn’t keen to repeat

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I took on the role of photographer and beach potterer in chief and spent a happy couple of hours poking about on the sand in the caves and watching TBF body boarding

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I took a final stroll along the path watching a newly wed couple (the bride in a backless dress) having their wedding photos taken in the strong chilly breeze. She looked very cold!

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A superb day finished off with another fine seafood meal at the excellent Prawn on the Lawn

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South and West to Cornwall – Part 4   4 comments

A tribute post to the lovely TBF on her Birthday. She was in control of the days activities and kicked off with a bit of body boarding at Harlyn Bay

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Me a TJF took a walk along the beach while she played

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

To be honest the waves were pretty rubbish all week due to the northerly wind as most of the beaches face west. Harlyn Bay however faces north so whilst there wasn’t much natural swell the wind had at least whipped up a bit of surf

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

I took a load of photos to show TBF in action as a special birthday treat

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Lunch was a special request for a cream tea and scones at the very nice Berryfields Farm. The afternoon was a coastal walk from  Harlyn Bay again (we had a car park ticket for the day, there’s always room for some frugality even on a Birthday)

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

The weather was gloriously clear and the water looked invitingly clear – apart from the fact it was still cold and windy!

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

We were heading for Trevone Bay just around the coast. It has another one of those semi-natural rock swimming pools. A little deeper and smaller than the one at Treyaron. If we’d had swimming stuff with us we’d probably had taken a dip

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

We wandered down the beach to the watch people trying to make the most of the non-existent waves and then up onto the coast path to look at the Trevone Round Hole, a collapsed sea cave where you can scramble down and through the cave onto the rocks.

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Looked a little precarious to me and that’s saying something for a man with precious little sense of danger

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

The day was finished off with a meal at The View restaurant in St Merryn and very fine it was too. Oh, and another sunset

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Happy Birthday TBF

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